Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Food Court Sketching in the Mall




Urban Sketchers: TriCities ventured into the cold and dark morning hours to meet up in the local mall to sketch whatever they could find to sketch:  mostly people.  I chose to try to capture some of the peeps that ventured through the food caldrons.

Friday, October 3, 2014

"Congo Rhythms at the Farmers' Market"

I love African and Latino rhythms and this guy was doing it up good at the Richland Farmers' Market this morning.  He was with "Tom..?", the same guy Nancy, Dave and I sketched out at Terra Blanca Winery a couple of years ago.

They were a powerful duo.  Great recognizable, and not recognizable songs, all flavored by these congo drums this guy was massaging.

I had to try to capture him, so here are a series of sketches all on the same page with a couple of thumbnails and Tom, in the green shirt.

Great fun.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

"Cruisin' on the Columbia"


This sternwheeling cruise ship comes into the dock at Howard Amon park in Richland, WA., frequently. I happened to be driving to Richland today and noticed it on the river, so I hot-wheeled it down to the benches just off the dock and sketched it coming in.  The park was quiet today, hardly anyone there, but fortunately this lady jumped in the frame to get a few pics, so now she's in my sketch.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

how to "PICKUP" urban sketchers 101

An assignment, I'm going to sketch…… no wait, "Red Pickup"  Attention getter for sure!
This is Jim Bumgarner's two week old Ford pickup.  Next Wednesday I will be in Moscow, Idaho at Jean Pierre and Yael's Tapestry Book Release presentation!!  On my to do list for today, I was suppose to sketch something that I can use for a small format tapestry study.  Dang,  Jim's truck got me good!! lol
Okay, back to tapestry…….  patti kirch

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"USkTC'ers in Walla Walla"

L to R:  Jim Bumgarner, Nancy Thurston, Cindy Rutherford, Patty Gardner, 
Dave Poynter, Jim McNamara, Nancy Parks.

We have had some really great outings this summer with the USkTC group.  The first was at the IHOP when we ordered breakfast and before eating, drew our plates and each other. The second was at Bookwalter Winery on Tulip Lane.  Then today, we met at the Starbucks in downtown Walla Walla and just had one really super fun time socializing, drawing and having lunch together.

See the rest of the pictures taken today by the Walla Walla Tourist Bureau when they discovered Patty Gardner sketching a bicycle near their office by clicking the picture.


Thursday, August 21, 2014

"WSU: Tri-Cities"


Out behind the main administration building with the USkTC group yesterday, 8.20.2014.  This very lame attempt to capture the perspective in these four buildings will be posted against my better judgement.  Doesn't matter much few will see it here, hidden on the blog. :-)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"Sketching the Ice Harbor Dam"



The Ice Harbor Dam sits on the Snake river just a few miles upriver from where the Snake dumps into the Columbia river meandering its way westward toward the Pacific Ocean. Ice Harbor was dedicated in 1963 by then, VP Lyndon Johnson. I remember yelling, "Hi ya, Lyndon," when he passed me by in his motorcade that day. All I got was a stern frown.

5x16 Moleskine Watercolor sketchbook, Noodler's ink, watercolors.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Calm cool current at 6:30am sketch

 Testing 140 weight, watercolor paper for a journal that I recently completed,  early this morning at Howard Amon Park, Richland WA. I took advantage of the calm cool current.
Coptic bound, 140 watercolor paper, my bicycle touring sketching journal.  If you look closely, the ribbon closures are of bicycles and chocolates!  patti kirch

Thursday, August 7, 2014

To Paint or Not to Paint


Fun morning at  Bookwalter with a great group of local art buddies!  Not sure if I have finished this.  To paint the birch tree or not?  I kind of like some of the painting pure white.  Some lavender or blue shadows might be nice.  I really liked the sketch and could have left it just in pen.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Tulip Lane Wineries



I nearly melted out in the sun sketching this scene. Left to right is Bookwalters, Barnard Griffin, and Tagaris on the far right.

5x16 Moleskine Watercolor sketchbook, Noodler's ink, watercolors

Sketching the Wineries on Tulip Lane

L to R:  Patti, Patty, Debbie, Jim B, Cindy, nancy, Jan, Katherine, Gail and Jim M
What a great morning sketching the wineries on Tulip Lane in Richland this morning.  Most of us stuck around and had lunch together afterwards.  We gotta go back to this place, soon!!  Too much fun.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Sketching Coffee Klatch

This was one tough assignment, sketching sketching friends.  At this moment, (l to r) Patty, Nancy and Cindy were toned into brilliant color palate conversation, while Harry sketched Patty G in pastels and Jim, in-between, busy imagining his food.  IHop will never be the same!
patti kirch

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

"IHOP Sketching"

L to R:  Patti, Patty, Jim, Nancy, Katherine, Cindy, Gail and Harry.

With local temperatures hovering around the century mark this week, we decided we needed to go inside for today's sketch crawl.  Where better than the local IHOP (International House of Pancakes). Most of the members had never sketched their food before, so this was a really fun experience.  We started with portrait and table items sketching, ordered our food, then drew it.  What a great fun, outing.



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

"Texas Road House"

A popular eating establishment, the Texas Road House, Kennewick.  Not much reminds me of my years in Texas here, with the exception of the nearest flag; but the food is pretty good. The beer is really cold and those buns they serve with the honey butter are worth waiting for a booth during the long lines at dinner time. 

6x9 Super Aquabee Sketchbook, ink, watercolor


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Portland Sketch: St James Lutheran Church


St. James Lutheran Church on the South Park Blocks in Portland, Oregon.  Sketched during the
2nd Annual West Coast Urban Sketchers Sketch Crawl" on July 12th, 2014.